While the jobs market remains strong, there are some signals out there that the robust jobs market of the past two years is finally starting to see the beginnings of cooling off. (Photo: YinYang / Getty Images)

State governments are hiring but fewer people are applying.

From 2013 through 2017, job postings in 27 states increased 11 percent, while the number of applicants plummeted 24 percent, according to a new report from NEOGOV, a public sector job board.

It’s a surprising finding since government jobs have often been seen as clear pathways to the middle class, offering long-time positions with good benefits. But such jobs may  have lost some of their luster. 

“People just aren’t as attracted to that industry as they were five years